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Marion Owen
 
Fish Factor: Tracking melting glaciers
Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside and outside of Prince William Sound, we’ve had great control...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Outfoxing the fox sparrow
Finally, we have a cloudy day. After a long spell of nice weather, I was secretly starting to wonder if there was something wrong with the faucet up there. So the other night, in the cool of the evening, I spent an hour speed-transplanting flower, herb and veggie seedlings that were itching to ge...
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldenchains much coveted up north
In mid-summer, you can see them standing alongside our roads, gesturing and aiming their smart phone cameras at buildings and side yards. Comments go something like this: “What is that amazing yellow tree?” “Is that a wisteria?” “Wow, I want one of those in my yard.” It happens every year, visito...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Superfoods in my pocket
On my way out to the car the other day, I reached into my pocket and found, not keys, but a handful of seeds. They must have spilled out of a seed packet that got crumpled and forgotten after sowing lettuce, spinach and cress last week. I pinched out a few seeds for a look. They were rust colored...
Jun 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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On Spruce Tips and Pirates
During Captain Cook’s voyages along the Vancouver Island coast in the 1700s, he often sent crewmembers ashore to pick the tender tips of spruce trees during late summer and early spring. The tips, with a mellow pine scent and crisp flavor were used to make a molasses-sweetened brew, not so much f...
Jun 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Chives a hardy herb to complement dishes
Last week, Joel and Martine Chenet of Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries organized a fundraiser event to benefit the families of Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich. The event, attended by nearly 80 residents, was the 12th year that Chenet organized the “First Salmon of the Year.” Ju...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: For the love of rhubarb
Our mild spring has brought our fair island more than warm temperatures. For one thing, it has launched many rhubarb patches into overdrive. Looking at our crop, the height and health of the plants look more like a mid-summer growth, not early June. So I’m featuring rhubarb this week, albeit a li...
Jun 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Clematis and Rhododendrons
By Marion Owen If you’re a clematis or rhododendron, you’re showing your gratitude for a mild spring with showy, colorful blooms. I’d probably do the same thing if I were a flower. Clematis is a flower of the climbing kind. I purchased a plant several years ago from a nursery in Homer. It has bee...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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